NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson says that the move to an NHS Commissioning Board and GP commissioning has the potential ‘to put the national into the National Health Service’ and reduce inconsistencies in care. In an interview with the Financial Times, Sir David said that as the Board will hold GP consortia contracts, it will have joint influence with consortia over quality of care: ‘There is a way of getting greater consistency in some areas rather than more inconsistency, which is the criticism. For the first time, we will have one national body which can do that, in a way we have never had before.’
Sir David also discussed the authorisation process for GP consortia.
>> Read the full interview in the Financial Times (free registration required)